• One of the most hotly anticipated fights in mixed martial arts history was scrapped on Tuesday when Jose Aldo said his rib injury was too painful and would prevent him from defending his featherweight title against Conor McGregor on July 11 at the MGM Grand in the main event of UFC 189.

    UFC president Dana White made the announcement during an appearance with McGregor on Tuesday on SportsCenter. Chad Mendes, who lost a tough match to Aldo for the belt last year in Brazil, will now meet McGregor for the interim title.

    It's the fifth time in his UFC career that Aldo has pulled out of a bout with injury, but far and away the most devastating. Previously, injuries prevented Aldo from participating in UFC 125, UFC 149, UFC 153 and UFC 176.

    This one, though, is the toughest one for all concerned to take. The bout pitted the long-time champion, one of the great fighters in the sport's history, against a fast-rising star who in just two years has skyrocketed to stardom.

    White said it had a

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  • The NBA's free-agent market officially opens at 12:01 a.m. ET Wednesday. LeBron James figures to have a much easier decision this summer, but there will be plenty of other storylines: Will Dwyane Wade leave Miami? Will the Los Angeles Lakers find help for Kobe Bryant in his possible last season with them? Is LaMarcus Aldridge on his way out of Portland?

    Follow all of the latest news from Yahoo Sports' NBA reporters Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears, and Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine, Kelly Dwyer and Eric Freeman.

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  • For the last week the UFC teased that fans would not want to miss Tuesday's official unveiling of the company's new UFC "Fighter Kits." They sent out emails and hit social media hard with each one of their champions campaigning for your attention.

    Now, they might be hoping some of those emails went directly to spam.

    Some of the UFC's biggest stars were on hand to give the fashion-week inspired event the extra push it needed. In fact, the only champion not on hand was UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who is back in Brazil nursing a rib injury that might keep him out of his UFC 189 title defense against Irish needle-mover Conor McGregor on July 11.

    The look of the kit, themselves, is a stark departure from the billboard-esque fight shorts that athletes wore in year's past. Reebok even added an official "jersey" to go along with each fighter's choice of fight-night shorts – a jersey that will run you close to $100 if you'd like to purchase one.

    The UFC and its fighters rely heavily

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  • Gregg Popovich prepares for a full eight hours of sleep. (Harry How/Getty Images)Gregg Popovich prepares for a full eight hours of sleep. (Harry How/Getty Images)When free agency officially begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, many NBA franchises will attempt to contact and meet with as many of their top targets as possible. The idea is simple — the team that gets to a player first has a chance to make a strong first impression and prove it wants that player simply by rushing to get in the door. When adding an All-Star (either proven or budding) is on the table, these franchises usually don't consider restraint to be a virtue.

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    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wants you to believe that he and his team are different. While the Spurs have enlisted Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to help in their pitch to unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, Popovich says the Spurs won't be contacting the four-time All-Star or any other free agents when the clock strikes midnight (or 11 p.m. in San Antonio). From Buck Harvey for the San Antonio Express-News (via SB Nation):

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  • Eugenie Bouchard of Canada leaves the court after losing to Ying-Ying Duan of China in the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Eugenie Bouchard of Canada leaves the court after losing to Ying-Ying Duan of China in the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Eugenie Bouchard basically followed the Wimbledon dress code on Tuesday. She wore a white dress over a white sports bra and stood in white tennis shoes.

    But the 21-year-old Canadian also wore a black sports bra underneath the white sports bra, and there's no getting a small detail like that past the notoriously-strict All England Club.

    The straps of the black bra barely peaked out on her shoulder blades, and that was enough for chair umpire to slap the 2014 runner-up with a dress-code violation. The rules were updated in 2014 to clarify that:

    “white does not include off-white or cream” and allowing only “a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter.” The almost-all-white rule now explicitly covers caps, headbands, bandannas, wristbands, shoes and even “any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration).”

    The club doesn't turn a blind eye for anyone: Roger Federer was banned from wearing tennis shoes with an orange sole in 2013. 

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  • Did he or didn’t he?

    That was the talk after Yoel Romero authoritatively dismissed Lyoto Machida on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Hollywood, Florida. The performance itself was stellar, with little to no mistakes on the Cuban-born immigrant's behalf.

    The post-fight speech, however, was an entirely different story. Fans and critics immediately rushed to their DVRs in an attempt to decipher what exactly was said when the 38-year-old contender took to the microphone after a career-defining victory over “The Dragon.”

    This much we do know: Romero was upset with America. He yelled at America through our television sets with great fervor. He wanted America to fix something.

    Then, depending on your auditory skills, you either heard Romero say something about “no for gay Jesus,” or “no forget Jesus.”

    Romero wanted to fix something happening in America and post-fight he clarified his statements and said he was simply referring to the decline of the “American dream” – even though we were

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  • A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: The Triangle and SB Nation. Zach Lowe identifies eight major questions we're about to see answered in free agency, and Tom Ziller ranks every last flippin' free agent available or theoretically available, from No. 1 to No. 179.

    PF: The Cauldron. Jared Dubin with a nice-and-quick look at every team's top questions/concerns/issues of note entering free agency.

    SF: The Miami Herald. Late on this, but I really enjoye Dan Le Batard on the parry and thrust of the LeBron James/David Blatt storyline, and how James' return to Cleveland has been and continues to be about subverting the traditional NBA power structure: "A coach yells at a player, that’s the job. A player yells at a coach, that’s disrespectful. But only if you insist on holding on to old constructs."

    SG: Nylon Calculus.

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  • It's been a month and a half since LeBron James took some time out of his busy schedule of battling the Chicago Bulls during the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals to send a smile and a wink over to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen:

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    This past weekend, during the Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., Pip winked back at the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and lead yoga instructor.

    In an interview with Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Pippen said that the player comparisons that have followed James from St. Vincent-St. Mary through every night of his first-ballot Hall of Fame career — chiefly the scoring dominance of Michael Jordan and the playmaking brilliance of Magic Johnson — and the attendant debates over which legend James most resembles have tended to leave out one all-timer near and dear to Pippen's heart:

    "I was LeBron James before LeBron James," Bulls great Scottie Pippen told Northeast
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  • Andy Murray wipes his brow after winning against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin. (AFP)Andy Murray wipes his brow after winning against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin. (AFP)Temperatures are soaring at Wimbledon, reaching 86 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday. That's 86 throughout the grounds – it's even hotter at Centre Court, where the thermometer measured more than 100 degrees during Andy Murray's afternoon win.

    Players, at least those in the women's and girls' draws, will have a chance to escape the heat. Tournament rules allow for females to take a 10-minute heat break between the second and third sets if the heat is too intense.

    The men, however, are not permitted to take any heat-related breaks.

    According to The Guardian, once the temperature passes about 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit, officials measure the "heat stress index" prior to each match. The index includes humidity, surface temperature, and air temperature. If the threshold is crossed prior to the match, either player (in a women's and girl's match) can request the break. The rule has never been utilized.

    There is a roof at Centre Court, but it will not be used to shade the court. It can be used to

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  • The Burmese martial art of Lethwei dates back to ancient times and to this day, shows are still held every single month in Myanmar.

    The sport is similar from Muay Thai but with a few key differences – there are no gloves and no judges.

    In Lethwei, the fighter’s hands are wrapped in gauze and tape, and if there is no winner at the end of a five-round contest, the bout is declared a draw.

    Some experts feel this unusual combination of rules makes it the perfect striking skill for MMA.

    ONE: KINGDOM OF WARRIORS is set for the Thuwanna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon on 18 July and several Lethwei fighters are expected to make their pro MMA debut.

    Here are four reasons they are likely to succeed in the sport:

    1) Lethwei fighters fight to finish

    In Lethwei you can’t win a fight without a finish and that makes it a very different combat sport from either Muay Thai or boxing.

    MMA fans love explosive and dynamic fighters who are always looking for the finish and this new breed of mixed martial artists

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